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My rat died a few hours ago. Pretty bad case of mycoplasma. It took him 4 days of labored breathing. The first day I found him he was resting in the hammock with his face covered in mucus. I got him out right away and put him on antibiotics. The first day he ate half his dose but he stopped eating after that and never ate again. I force-fed him his medication and by the 3rd day his breathing was getting a little better and I thought he had turned it around.

But this morning I found him in a corner of the room and he snapped at me when I went to pick him up. I gave him his dose and his breathing was getting more labored and slower and he was noticeably cool to the touch. I burried himself in some old knit scarfs my late mother made me. I figured it was best if he wasn't by himself anymore so I put him back in the cage hoping the company would have made him happy and just then I was thinking ok it's time to put him down. But I didn't because I thought maybe he would be ok with his mates. A few hours later I found him dead and I put him outside right as we got hit by a big thunderstorm. The biggest we've had in a few years here. I should have gassed him when I thought to but at least he got to go with his brothers around him. He did seem to want to go back in the cage with the others.
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>>3115764
Sorry about losing your friend, OP. I know rats make amazing pets and I bet your was one too
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>>3115764
>I should have gassed him

Wait what? What vet uses gas as a euthanasia method?
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>>3117127
>>3117190
Dude, they're fucking rats. They're fine.
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>>3116533
Why bats?
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Denegard is best for treating birds' mycoplasma but Tylan 50 works ok too. There's surely something for rats, maybe these two? Nothing cures it, and it's hella contagious. Destroying all animals and starting over a week later is the only way to get rid of it. It doesn't do well outside of a host for more than a few days.

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All of the pictures on my phone are photos of neat bugs I find. I go everywhere with my phone camera at the ready in case I see a neat insect. My only entry point into conversation with my friends and family is to awkwardly blurt out, “Hey, do you want to see this neat bug I found?” Does anybody else do this?
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>>3114521
>this wholesome autism
Never change OP
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>>3114521
If you asked me that question I'd look at your big pics, OP.
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>>3114521
Bruh just invest in a regular camera. You can get a Canon Powershot for like $120 that is smaller than your phone and will take much better pictures.
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>>3114521
Huh?
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>>3114521
i do the same thing op

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I work on a cattle farm and was thinking about getting a sheep to practice on to expand my resume. Can only find bulk sheep though, what sort of place sells single sheep?
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>>3111784

I shear for just about everyone in my area. Trust me you don't want to do it. It's not like the aussie wool sheds where everyone has their part and by the time the gun shearer gets to it they just have to take the back and move on. I do a couple hundred a year and it still takes me 10 minuets a sheep on most jobs, and some jobs I've had take over 30 minuets per sheep. It's a thankless job, the start up costs are pretty high (my shears alone cost me $700 used not to mention all the spare heads/blades/miscellaneous equipment) , you will be plagued by pimples for three days after handling them from all the lanolin, and I'm only 26 and am already have problems in my back and shoulder from it. If you want to do it, then I suppose that you should give it a shot, but you really don't want to do it.
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>>3111784


If you are still not convinced, a few things to keep in mind...
>you will cut sheep, I cut sheep, the man who taught me cut sheep, and the best shearers in the world cuts sheep. It's part of the game and save a few specific cuts it won't hurt the sheep. If a customer has a problem with this to the point that they are causing problems with your ability to shear, don't shear for them ever again, it's not worth the headache.
>charge a set up fee, lot of small scale operations out there who will get your name from a friend and expect you to drive 3 hours to shear their 5 head for the same price, make sure your gas and time is covered.
>charge enough, and be firm on what you charge, I spent years charging $3 a head and making $10 an hour by the time I was done. You are performing a service that they can't do or don't want to do, you are a tradesman and deserve to be paid as one.
>learn to clip hoves, lots of small operations need that done as well, it only takes a minute to do, and you can charge more. It's the easiest part of the gig, but clip hooves after you shear or you are just sharpening them for them to kick you with
>wool is worthless, do not except wool as payment, do not offer a discount to keep the wool. If you somehow secure a contract with a wool buyer buy the wool from them after it's all settled if the wool is suitable
>find a helper, the most time consuming part of shearing alone is working the sheep, give someone (perhaps a local kid looking for beer money) 10% and save the headache
>be firm on conditions. tell the owners to pull them off the pasture ahead of time if it's going to rain, if they have wet sheep tell them to call you back when they are dry. If they have lots of rock/sand in the barn charge more because you will use more blades which means more time or money getting them sharp again
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>>3116327
Sale yards tend to sell a lot by the head on small sheep and weight on bigger animals, but you still buy the lot. He needs contact a breeder to get a handful of quality sheep.

>>3113339
Bottle lambs will turn out just fine, maybe a little smaller from getting stunted as lambs but otherwise not a terrible sheep.
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>>3117184
Thanks for the input, yeah I don't want to do it for a living, just want to give it a go on a really small scale and make something out the wool. I'm happy enough chasing cows really.
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They're a herd animal so do better with friends. As with other ruminants they bloat (and die) easy so diet is critical. Don't overdo the grains, include lots of hay.

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Found a good luck shower spider today. I hope it *hangs* around
Post your good luck shower spiders
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>>3116712
Those guys are awesome!
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based shower spider protecting anon from harm

Just found a cat. Can someone come up with a good name for it?
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>>3111785
>>3111787
>>3111790
Rohas
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>>3113349
No, but you are a retard
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>>3111785
StompOnMyUglyFace
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Whiskers
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>>3112305
At least cat owners don't fuck their pets, contrary to dogfags

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Can animals recognise themselves in a mirror?

Post pics/gifs/webms to back up your position
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>>3117035
leddit cancer spread across the boards and and pol/k/fit crossposters deliberately ruling them up. kinda surprised none of them have posted stonetoss yet.
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>>3117090
>having a theory of mind sort of necessitates that the actor has a measure of free will,
except in real life you don't get to redefine terms because you disagree with them.

the way ToM is defined dogs, rats, and almost every animal that passes the mirror test has shown it.
>>3117103
>you can pass the mirror test just fine and fail at the sally ann test as a human too like in case of some autists.
yes, but you can't pass the Sally Anne test and fail the mirror test. So they are related.
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>>3117183
the parameters of the test aren't what matters. You understand the form but fail to understand the goal.

if she recognized herself in the mirror she passed the mirror test. A dot is just one of many ways to show that.
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>>3117563
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There's some good info in this thread, but a lot of bad, too. Some here understand animal behavior, some are just hypothesizing. There's tons of research to validate...

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So today I was at the bird shop to get some food for my wife's cockatiel and there is this scarlet macaw that i've been played with a ton. She's really sweet (kinda rare for these) and loving, so i've considered buying her for a few weeks but don't have the money. Today this fish head walks in and tries is looking for a bird to breed for income. He asks if they can clip the nails and beak so the bird cannot bite or claw at all. Later he tries to put a hold on her but the clerk told him that he needs $300 to do so. He only had $100. He's pissed making a scene and says he'll be back Friday to put a deposit on the bird. I have a deposit but I wouldn't be able to pay the $3200 it would cost once she's ready to go home. Any richfags wanna help me save this bird from a savage? Pic related.
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>>3116987
they are loud as fuck, would not recommend
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>>3116987
Are you truly destitute and you can't afford it at all, or just it would be a major blow but with enough sacrifices you could do it?

My friend had to take out a $5,000 loan from the bank to pay for his apartment. A 3k loan for a bird should be doable unless your credit is in the sewer. Your wife seems to love birds if she already has one so I'm sure she'd understand you getting this one to save it. Best case scenario even if you get it and for some reason can't keep it you could get your money back by selling it to someone else who you trust would take good care of it.

Hope you can save this bird OP, good luck.
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>>3117047
>that I am a hypocrite because I own birds
How to deal with such niggers? I usually cat BTFO everyone, but those retards are like next level.
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>>3116987
I don't have a lot of money but I'd give you 3200 if I knew you in person. Not going to just paypal randoms online obviously. Don't you have some friends or family that can chip in?
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>>3117351
I live in OC I'd be more than willing to show anyone the situation in person

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqcXyPeCiNs
>8-month-old dog dead in Butler County after being beaten with baseball bat
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>>3116958
The idiots that refused to keep their dog under control despite already getting a citation about it being loose
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>>3116967
>the jury is going to go off appearances
lmaoing @ american ((((((justice)))))) system
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>>3116958
similar case
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBRSDveAavY
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>>3117138
>When it's one guy's word against another
you ignore half the sentence, you're retarded.
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>>3117138
Yes, jews are at play here clearly
>>3117697
Hush anon, let internet Derek Vinyard have his fun

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Anything bird related is welcome. Birds are good.

>clicker training, highly recommended.
https://hari.ca/avian-care/behavior-training/clicker-training-parrot-modify-behavior/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6z-yiDIjn2s [Embed] [Embed]
>bird chop, healthy bird food
https://www.thesprucepets.com/chop-concept-revolutionary-way-feed-birds-390189
>DIY bird cages
https://www.beautyofbirds.com/buildingacage.html
>Bird ID
https://www.allaboutbirds.org
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>>3114337
Did your mother enjoy my hot tip?
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>>3117168
a really cool one
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>>3117168
Korean crow tit
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>>3114084
uwu
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>>3117339
If you read my post you will see that you can also use clicker without treats. In that case the reward is you going away and respecting the space of a bird. Also do further research on your own.

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Wow, animals really are just like us.
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>>3116966
Cute op tho
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>>3108405
>click thread
>expect more cute / dancing webms
>its /pol/ 2.0
>179 posts
>only other webm is animals being terrorized
what a shameful outcome for a thread
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>>3110149
My first girlfriend hung out on /an/, /a/, /toy/, and /lit/. They exist.
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>>3117296
how long ago was that though?
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>>3108407
>she
oh you are in for a horrifying experience at some point
>>3108685
>le incel/oof/cringe/yikes
opinion discarded and post hidden. go back mr* tourist

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What's the most questionable advice you can give about the animal kingdom?
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!vive la revolution, now is time for an animal republic
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Stand behind a horse and slap its ass
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If you ever find yourself facing a large feline, just turn around and act like you didn't see it. This confuses the it and it won't know what to do
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>>3116406
It is. My cat only lives outdoor and never had a problem
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There is no reason to be afraid of crocs, they are even more slow and sluggish than they appear.
>>3117214
lol

Bat thread
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>>3116949
>>3116703

Most bats are adorable you mongoloids. Only noseleafs and the like are ugly.
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>>3116206
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>>3117219

purrty
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>>3116208

sexually

Hi guys, can anyone tell me what shroom is this?
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>>3117601
Not a shroom. That's a parasitic plant
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>>3117605
Oh, what’s it called?
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>>3117606
Looks like a Broomrape
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I looked it up, and apparently it’s “broom rape”?
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>>3117613
Cool, thanks

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Can we have a thread dedicated to our fallen friends?
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My good kot Mowgli. He was sickly and needed to be put down. It felt awful but he was suffering for a long time, and he had been so independent I knew he wasn't enjoying life anymore. I'll see you on the other side, Mowgs
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>>3110741
My Meatball Boy
Sweetest damn ferret oud ever meet. Big lap pet and loved to cuddle, Adopted at an older age I got to watch him enjoy his twilight years with me. Even enjoyed baths funny enough he would lay back and fall asleep sometimes lol. Had the best personality and the cutest pink nose ever. He died of a seizure caused by his insulinoma. Not how I wanted him to pass but it was his time. Buried under a big pecan tree out front on a bed of flowers and wrapped in a scarf.
Miss you meatballs
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>>3110741
Sad thread
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RIP Duke. You were the only dog I ever loved.
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My parents got a kot at my sister's behest and he ended up loving me more

he slept on my pillow and never left me alone, and is the reason I now have a kot

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Does anyone know the name of this animal? It lives in non-moving water.
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>>3117565
mosquito larva
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>>3117566
I've been seeing these things for 20 years, never knew this. Thanks.
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Brown recluse


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